Tobias Jesso Jr. on working with Adele: ‘I was as nervous as shit’

Singer-songwriter wrote '25' track 'When We Were Young'

Tobias Jesso Jr. has opened up about working with Adele on her new record ’25’.

The singer-songwriter co-wrote album track ‘When We Were Young’ and bonus track ‘Target’. He said his “heart stopped” when he first got the call from Adele.

In a lengthy post on Facebook, he wrote: “I was nervous as shit as anybody would be with someone like Adele walking in the room and being my first professional collaboration I would ever have. She was so down to earth and so very sweet, even after realizing what she probably realizes every day of her life, that the person sitting across from her is having trouble registering what is really happening in that moment.”


He continued: “After that we spent two days writing songs and trading jokes. There was no studio, just a piano and us, and we wrote a lot. I mean a lot, lot. I learned a lot from her, most of all just how much she truly deserves to be exactly where she is, and why all of her songs mean so much to the people who hear them. I can tell from the bottom of my heart she means what she says and the words she puts into her music.”

Adele has since expressed interest in recording an official remix of Drake song ‘Hotline Bling’.

‘Hotline Bling’ has become one of the year’s biggest and most-memed hits. It has been covered by everyone from Disclosure to Justin Bieber and spoofed by Donald Trump, among others.

“I really want us to do an official remix,” Adele said. “I love Drake. I love Drake so much. I even got the coat that’s in the video – I got it delivered the other day, I ordered it. The red one.”

Adele’s album was released on Friday (November 20) via independent label XL Recordings. Official Charts Company data shows that as of midnight last night, the album has registered 300,000 sales. These figures do not include streaming data as Adele has withheld the album from all streaming services.